Knowledge of aging is relevant to almost every area of study, and the Undergraduate Aging Specialist Certificate may supplement majors in various departments across campus, including, but not limited to, interdisciplinary studies, health sciences, leadership, social work, communication disorders, health care administration, psychology, sociology, hospitality management and dietetics and public health. The information gained through completing this certificate program can help individuals not only in their careers but also in their personal lives as they and members of their families age. Job opportunities related to aging are numerous among many settings including health and wellness companies, senior housing, advocacy and policy organizations, financial services, biotechnology, social service agencies, and academic and research settings.
Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:
Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor.
To apply to WKU and earn the Aging Specialist Certificate:
Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application
Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:
The 15-semester-hour program includes 6 required hours in gerontology and 9 hours distributed across the three categories below. GERO 490 Independent Study in Gerontology (1-6 credits) and GERO 495 Topics in Gerontology (1-3 credits) may be counted towards the certificate. For more information about the certificate, please contact Marybeth Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-745-3177.
Students wishing to receive the certificate must complete the Undergraduate Certificate Form
REQUIRED COURSES (6 hours):
APPROVED ELECTIVES (9 hours) Choose one from each category below:
Biomedical and Health Services: (3) hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences: (3) hours
Administration, Policy and Management: (3) hours
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